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The origin of this book, which is a "new departure," and ever to be remembered as a production of the La.w Class of 1883 of the Michigan University, without a precedent from which to conceive its peculiarities of style, is as follows: In a convention hel1882, to put in nomination Senior Officers, the author was nominated for Class Historian, to be balloted for in about a week thereafter. During the time intervening between nomination nnd election day, the author imagined his election and began to inquire of the oflice, which led to his conception that a departure from the usual way of performing the duties by previous Class Historians, would be generally appreciated, should it promise greater importance and call reasonably upon Senior's support.